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Politics and Government / Re: Worst Political Cartoons
« Last post by RavynousHunter on September 21, 2020, 09:39:11 pm »
I'unno, I could see her living somewhere in the northern parts of Washington state, just chilling and growing vegetables and shit.  Has some nice local guy deliver her groceries once a week, but other than that, just lives happily alone.  Away from the insane fucking family into which she'd married.  Maybe only letting Barron know where she's at and keeping contact with him, trying to keep the poor bastard sane.
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Society and History / Re: Worldwide protests against COVID restrictions
« Last post by chad sexington on September 20, 2020, 08:44:14 am »
Honestly to me the worst are the people who want borders reopened so that they can see their families.

What's the bet they never saw their family more than once a year before all this started...
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Politics and Government / Re: Worst Political Cartoons
« Last post by chad sexington on September 20, 2020, 08:30:30 am »
Given the last ten years, I expect she'd rather be back in Slovenia.
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Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by dpareja on September 19, 2020, 05:55:59 pm »
He's been unpopular for years. You'll forgive me if I don't have much expectation of him losing.

I'm aware. I don't think there's that great a chance of the Democrats knocking McConnell off, but I also don't think it's impossible.

Of course, there's also the other option for the Democratic Party, which is to expand the courts (killing the legislative filibuster if necessary). Then put four or six more Justices on the Supreme Court, and also a good number on the circuit and district courts, given how many cases stop at those.

(What I'd actually advise them to do is change the filibuster rule to make it so that any vote must have the support of not only half of the Senate, but Senators representing half of the population of the states. The Democrats have had a majority in the Senate in the latter sense continually since at least 1985. Now granted such a rule change, even if only internal to the Senate, might be unconstitutional, since the US Constitution is explicit that each Senator has one vote. But it'd be worth exploring.)

EDIT: As for DailyKos' summary, sure, but, like I said, that could backfire if the Supreme Court makes a decision that sparks Dred Scott levels of outrage. That would enable the Democrats to run specifically on ignoring that decision, just as the Republicans did in 1860.
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Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by DarkPhoenix on September 19, 2020, 04:56:32 pm »
McConnell won't let it get to that point. He's going to give Trump a win before the election.

EDIT: Here's how he'll do it:

1. Trump nominates someone.
2. McConnell moves that the nominee be considered by the full Senate without a recommendation from the Judiciary Committee.
3. The Democrats filibuster the motion.
4. McConnell moves to change the rules of the Senate to end the filibuster on motions to advance to a vote on a nominee without a positive recommendation from a committee.
5. This vote passes.
6. Trump gets a third Supreme Court Justice.

The webmaster of DailyKos posted a story today that I think correctly reads McConnell's motivations right now; the Republicans are staring at a complete wipeout electorally, and even having this seat available may not help them.  Since they're staring at a complete loss, McConnell wants to rush this through as fast as possible to avoid having to take risks during the lame duck, and then he's going to hope that the now conservative SC will stop the Dems from doing anything for the next couple of years, at which time the Repubs will pull out the 2010 playbook again...
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Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by Cloud3514 on September 19, 2020, 04:16:58 pm »
He's been unpopular for years. You'll forgive me if I don't have much expectation of him losing.
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Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by dpareja on September 19, 2020, 04:13:42 pm »
McConnell's seat is also super safe. Regardless of what Twitter roses think, there is literally no one that the Democrats could put against him that has any significant chance of beating him. Republican voters don't vote for candidates or policy, they vote against Democrats. And Kentucky has Republican voters to spare.

McConnell is also not very popular in Kentucky, and just last year Andy Beshear toppled the unpopular incumbent Republican Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin. Admittedly by less than 0.4 percentage points, but he did win.
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Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by Cloud3514 on September 19, 2020, 04:09:54 pm »
McConnell's seat is also super safe. Regardless of what Twitter roses think, there is literally no one that the Democrats could put against him that has any significant chance of beating him. Republican voters don't vote for candidates or policy, they vote against Democrats. And Kentucky has Republican voters to spare.
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Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by dpareja on September 19, 2020, 03:41:30 pm »
McConnell probably doesn't care about keeping his Senate seat at this point. Unless the Democrats can win a ton of Senate seats in 2020 and 2022 to give them 67, while also winning the Presidency in 2020 and holding the House in both years, and then be willing to impeach judges over nothing other than political differences, he'll have accomplished what he set out to do: complete the task laid out for the Republicans a half-century ago by Lewis Powell and put control of the federal courts firmly in conservative hands for decades.

Of course, this could also lead to a decision greeted comparably to Dred Scott being made and Democrats getting elected in droves on the promise of ignoring whatever said decision might be.
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Politics and Government / RIP to the Notorious RBG
« Last post by Vanto on September 19, 2020, 02:17:34 pm »
https://www.npr.org/2020/09/18/100306972/justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-champion-of-gender-equality-dies-at-87

This on its own would be sad enough, but I'm sure none of us are looking forward to what comes next.

Yeah, I know this was brought up in another thread, but I think it deserves its own.
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